It is a truth universally acknowledged that a UCI student in possession of two dollars, must be in want of boba—specifically, milk tea boba.
Yes, that’s right, I’m one of those people—I sell boba. I have to admit, I used to strategically avoid that stretch of Ring Road in front of the Student Center. Opting to walk through Aldrich Park, I’d take pride in evading incessant chants of “Boba! Two dollars!”. But, when your club is in desperate need of cash, you go for the quickest and most reliable option at UCI; you sell boba or Korean barbeque.
Why not sell something new, something creative? Well fellow Anteaters, quite honestly, different isn’t always better. Nothing else truly sells as well as boba and Korean barbeque on Ring Road, and, when you make a dollar profit for every boba you sell, you stick with what works.
The only downside: competition. Lollicup is the primary boba caterer for UCI club fundraisers. Consequently, on any given day, you will find more than one club vying for your attention and your cash. So how do you actually compete?
Go where you get the most opportunity. At UCI, opportunity walks. At some point of the day, most Anteaters walk towards the Student Center or the flagpoles whether it be for a quick bite or a convenient route to class. Did you know that students around Engineering are more likely to buy taro boba while students near the Student Center usually opt for milk tea boba? Know your facts, take advantage of student traffic and strategically sell.
Be loud. Yes, I know it’s annoying but it’s unbelievably effective. When you’re surrounded on all sides by enticing clubs, sororities and fraternities, you need to get the attention of all those Anteaters pointedly avoiding gazes. What better way to do so than with your voice?
And finally, tell your friends on Facebook. The more people know about your fundraiser, the faster your product will sell and the less people you will annoy on Ring Road.
So the next time you’re on your way to Starbucks dreaming of that caramel frappuccino, stop on Ring Road and support a club instead. Who knows, you may just see a certain columnist handing you your boba.